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Michael and Miriam Ford

Michael and Miriam Ford

Michael has been involved in funeral service since 2003, when he first came to work for the Rowlands.  While working for the Rowlands, Michael met their daughter Miriam, and they got married in 2008.

Michael is a member of North Augusta Sertoma Club, North Augusta Optimist Club, Leadership North Augusta Class of 2011, the Leadership North Augusta Board where he currently serves as president-elect, and he is a past-president of the North Augusta Lions Club.  He is also Vice Chairman and Co-founder of Support 1, a non-profit organization supporting first responders.  Michael is a graduate of Lakeside High School in Evans, GA.  He has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Augusta State University, an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service and Embalming from Piedmont Technical College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Norwich  University in Northfield, Vermont.  Michael is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

Miriam is a third-generation funeral home owner.  She works part-time at the funeral home and teaches fourth grade at Episcopal Day School in Augusta.  Miriam is a graduate of North Augusta High School and Clemson University.  She received her Master’s Degree from Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA.  Michael and Miriam are active members of First Baptist Church of North Augusta, and they have 2 children, Ella Kaye and Yonce.

Ella Kaye Ford and Yonce Ford

Ella Kaye Ford and Yonce Ford

Michael and Miriam are proud to have the fourth generation of funeral service already begun.  Ella Kaye and Yonce help carry flower arrangements and deliver mail and memos from office to office.  As they grow up, they will have more duties - like cleaning the funeral home, filing papers, and driving the flower van - just like their mother and aunt Margaret did. 


Johnny Rowland

Johnny Rowland

Founder and Licensed Funeral Director

Johnny is a second-generation funeral director. He is a member of North Augusta Sertoma Club and the Jesse Lynch American Legion Post. He is a former chairman of the Joint Chambers of Commerce of Aiken and North Augusta and was a deputy coroner of Aiken County. Johnny is a past president of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and has served on the policy board of the National Funeral Directors Association. Johnny is a member of First Baptist Church of North Augusta.


Kimberly Chavous Cypress

Kimberly Chavous Cypress

Office Manager

Kimberly graduated from North Augusta High School in 1998. She has been in the funeral business since 2002 and has been with Rowland-Ford Funeral Home since May 2009. Kimberly is a member of True North Church and enjoys spending time with her husband, Charles, their children, Kayla, Tyler and Olivia, their grand baby, Brayden Parker, and their families.


Jonathan Kilpatrick

Jonathan Kilpatrick

Licensed Funeral Director

Jonathan is a second generation funeral director. He and his wife, Ashlyn, are residents of Augusta, GA. Their son, Luke, was born in February 2017.  Jon received his undergraduate degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, in 2009 and his Masters in Divinity from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC, in 2016. He enjoys traveling and hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail. Jonathan is a former North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, a member of the North Augusta Lions Club, and an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, GA.  Jon also volunteers with The International Link, a non-profit Christian organization serving international student and military visitors to the CSRA.


Gene Barinowski

Gene Barinowski

Funeral Assistant

Gene and his wife Joyce are residents of North Augusta’s Poverty Hill, a farm place with a history dating back to the Revolutionary War. Gene retired from ConAgra in 1997 and came to work at Rowland-Ford Funeral Home. He enjoys Clemson football and is a member of Bethany Bible Chapel.


Allen Connors

Allen Connors

Facility and Grounds Management

Allen is a native of Augusta, GA. He has worked in the funeral service for over 30 years. He brought his experience to Rowland-Ford Funeral Home in 2011. Fishing is one of Allen's favorite past times and he also enjoys trips to the Appalachian Mountains. Allen is a member of Bel-Ridge Baptist Church.


Mary Ann Kirkland

Mary Ann Kirkland

Funeral Assistant

Mary Ann is a graduate of University of South Carolina and an avid Gamecock fan.  She is a retired elementary school teacher after teaching for thirty-four years.  Mary Ann grew up in North Augusta and is a member of First Baptist Church.  She has been employed at Rowland-Ford Funeral Home since 1992


Richard Kalb

Richard Kalb

Funeral Assistant



Johnny Shaw

Johnny Shaw

Funeral Assistant

Johnny is a native of North Augusta.  He and his wife Kay are members of First Baptist Church of North Augusta.  He is retired from the Kroger Company.  They have five children and eleven grandchildren.  He enjoys camping and keeping the grandchildren.


Douglas Robert Hixon

Douglas Robert Hixon

Funeral Assistant

Doug was born in Augusta, GA and lived in North Augusta all his life. He attended and graduated from North Augusta High School in 1963. Doug attended USC Aiken and was a member of the Unites States Marine Corps Reserves from 1966 until 1972. In June of 1968 Doug joined the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. In 1988 he left the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and was employed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division until his retirement in November of 2006. Doug began working at the funeral home in 2007 and has been here ever since. 


Benjamin James Clark

Benjamin James Clark

Funeral Assistant

B.J. is a native of the North Augusta area and was born and raised in Edgefield, SC. He and wife, Nicole, have four children, three daughters and a son. B.J. is a military veteran having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. For the last 13 years B.J. has worked in law enforcement and currently works with Centerra at SRS. One of B.J.’s hobbies is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. B.J. earned a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is the head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach at North Augusta Martial Arts.  


Brannon Rowland

Brannon Rowland

Funeral Assistant

Being raised in a family of funeral directors, Brannon has been around and involved in funeral service all his life. He retired from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and now lives in Edgefield, SC with his wife Sarah. They have one son Brannon, Jr. 


The staff of Rowland-Ford Funeral Home are caring and experienced individuals. They respect each family’s traditions and consider it an honor to be included in celebrating the life of your loved one.

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